Forget the tweets, read the contract

Donald Trump has achieved much of what he promised but will it get him re-elected? Lindsay Newman demystifies the president.

The World Today Published 1 April 2020 Updated 4 November 2020 4 minute READ

Lindsay Newman

Former Senior Research Fellow, US and the Americas Programme

That Donald Trump transformed himself from property developer, reality television star and owner of the Miss Universe franchise into the 45th president of the United States seems no less bemusing more than three years on than it did on November 8, 2016.

Since he entered the presidential race in 2015, the Trump zeitgeist has shaken up the political establishment in both the Republican and Democratic parties, and left US policy watchers, foreign leaders and international market traders scratching their heads. His pronouncements via Twitter have done little to clarify matters.

Following his presidential triumph, anticipating how he might behave, what policies or actions he might prioritize next, has become a primary occupation for many of us. Yet in his fourth year, he is still behind his Oval Office desk and has managed to do many of the things he promised to do when a presidential candidate.

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